Fisherman tend to be superstitious. Whether its a specific time, spot or lure, past success feeds these rituals and traditions. In the spiritual realm, Satan is the fisherman and human are the fish. Each soul tends to be susceptible to certain things which varies from person to person. These weaknesses are known by the Devil, tempting individuals to take the bait.
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away, James 1:14.
Since a handful of the disciples were fishermen, some of their words reflect this lifestyle. In the passage above, James realized that certain types of bait catch a fishes eye. Once enticed, fish are lured out of hiding into open waters. If this curiosity continues, sooner or later fish will take the bait, becoming hooked. In the same way, people who develop bad habits become vulnerable to addiction. Once hooked, people often destroy themselves as Satan moves on, searching for the next gullible victim.
Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! – Proverbs 7:18
The older you get, the greater and more complex temptations become. The context in the verse above Solomon urges young men to avoid desperate and lonely women. While the eye candle may be difficult to resist, the quicker you say no the better off you will be. However, as soon as you master one weak area, further temptations will come at you fast and furious. Therefore, be on guard, take a stand or else may be the next to take the bait.
by Jay Mankus